Kristina Stephenson - Author

About the Author

Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer. She had a successful career in Theatre and Children’s TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. She has illustrated many non-fiction books.  

Inspired to write Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure by her own son Charlie (who doesn’t have stinky socks), she showed it to a friend in the book trade. Thankfully for us, he recommended that she send it to Egmont. It’s clear that a rare and exciting new picture book talent has emerged.

Kristina lives with her husband, who is a musician, and her son and daughter in Wiltshire.

A Day in the Life of Me

By Kristina Stephenson

The alarm clock wakes me early – too early sometimes – but I’m glad it does – I must be up before anyone else.  I need a quiet house (and the calming influence of the dawn chorus) in order to perfect my ‘master work-plan for the day’. I also need to pick a nice menu for supper, pack some sandwiches and a big bottle of water for Maddie’s geography trip and find that favourite little something for Charlie to take to school - just in case - (now where have I heard that before?).

I wake my husband at 6.45am with a cup of coffee. I wake the kids at 7am with a funky riff on the double bass (an interesting wake up call indeed, since I don’t play the double bass!) And the ‘morning mayhem’ (lost trainers, piano practice, breakfast and all) begins.
It doesn’t stop until we have mounted our bikes and set off on the gentle journey to school - down the road, through the park, over the hills and far away. Oh and Dad follows too, although he’s headed off on another path before we reach the ‘tall, tall tower with the pointy roof’ (we live in Salisbury – so work that one out for yourself).  

At school I kiss the kids goodbye, remount my faithful bike and head back home.  Home, which as I cycle towards it, is morphing magically into a place of work – an office.   I’m clever you see: I make the beds, I wash up the breakfast things, and I hide away anything laundry-like, before I leave the house. I do it every morning, you know, so that by the time I return, the transformation has taken place. Wow!

Then, I, Kristina Stephenson - author, illustrator and would be musician - begin work.

This happens in a little room, which nestles neatly between the kitchen (which is, of course, on my return, no longer a kitchen but a place to refresh water pots and wash paint brushes) and the tiny courtyard (now bereft of all bikes bar mine), which has become a secret garden into which I look for inspiration and the occasional fairy.
The room is decorated with my children’s drawings and posters of my favourite films.  There is a computer in one corner and a drawing board slap bang in the middle of the room. This is where I sit and this where I stay……..all day - resolute in my work; never stopping, never stirring, until my great master plan has been fulfilled.

Or until, about ten minutes after I begin work, when…

Featured books by Kristina Stephenson

Other books by Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Dinosaur's Return

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Dinosaur's Return

Author: Kristina Stephenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks returns for another fantastic adventure on the 10th anniversary of this bestselling picture book series! By the light of a silvery moon, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his faithful friends are heading for Thunder Mountain. Their mission? To take a little dinosaur home. But the biggest adventure EVER lies in store. Join our brave young knight and his faithful friends as their adventure leads them towards a volcano that might erupt at any moment and into the middle of a dinosaur stampede! Can Sir Charlie save the day again and help the lost dinosaur safely home? A swashbuckling, funny and charming picture book adventure that is perfect for reading aloud before bedtime and sharing with little adventurers aged 3 years and up! Praise for Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: A jolly adventure The Telegraph Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer. She had a successful career in theatre and children's TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. Inspired to write by her own son Charlie (who doesn't have stinky socks!), she created the wonderful adventures of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy's Gold

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy's Gold

Author: Kristina Stephenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

Join our brave young knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in his bestselling super duper picture book adventure series - oh my! Sir Charlie Stinky Socks' latest quest is to return a sack of stolen Egyptian gold back to its right owner, one Elfie Corrie. Sounds simple, but Sir Charlie's adventures never are . . . Join our hero and his faithful friends as their adventure leads them through the desert to a one-horse town and into a race against a not-too-friendly fellow. Can they find the missing gold of Pharaoh Aboo Rah - lost in the desert for thousands of years? A swashbuckling, funny and charming adventure from best-selling picture book author/illustrator Kristina Stephenson - an ideal read aloud story to share with little adventurers! Fans of Jonny Duddle's Jolley-Rogers series will love Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. Do you own all of Sir Charlie's adventures? Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Big Adventure Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Frightful Night Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Dreadful Spell Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of the Terrible Secret Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of Two Treasures Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of the Wizard's Whisper Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Pirate's Curse Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy's Gold Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer. She had a successful career in theatre and children's TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. Inspired to write by her own son Charlie (who doesn't have stinky socks), she created the wonderful adventures of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of Two Treasures

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of Two Treasures

Author: Kristina Stephenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2015

Join our brave young knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in his bestselling super duper picture book adventure series - oh my! And so begins the next adventure - an adventure in which Sir Charlie Stinky Socks embarks on a truly terrifying quest to bring back long, lost treasure. Following a musty, dusty map Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his faithful cat Envelope and - of course- his good grey mare, enter a scary underground world with all manner of tricks, traps and medieval puzzles. Sir Charlie must use all his cunning and wit to get the others through. But what has happened to Sir Charlie Stinky Socks? All of a sudden our trusty hero can't get anything right. Has someone bewitched him? Or stolen his socks? Or maybe this bold brave knight (the one with the shield and wearing the helmet) ... isn't Sir Charlie at all? Yikes! A fraud! An impostor! A fiendish foe who might be after the treasure! A swashbuckling, funny and charming adventure from best-selling picture book author/illustrator Kristina Stephenson - an ideal read aloud story to share with little adventurers aged 3+ Fans of Jonny Duddle's Jolley-Rogers series will love Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. Do you own all of Sir Charlie's adventures? Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Big Adventure Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Frightful Night Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Dreadful Spell Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of the Terrible Secret Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of Two Treasures Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of the Wizard's Whisper Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Pirate's Curse Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy's Gold Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer. She had a successful career in theatre and children's TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. Inspired to write by her own son Charlie (who doesn't have stinky socks), she created the wonderful adventures of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. Kristina's fabulous new series with Simon & Schuster, Molly Maybe's Monsters, is available now.

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Frightful Night

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Frightful Night

Author: Kristina Stephenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2015

Join our brave young knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in his bestselling super duper picture book adventure series - oh my! At the top of a tall, tall tower with a pointy roof something is stirring. Lightning flashes, thunder roars and something goes bump in the night. Enter Sir Charlie Stinky Socks - honourable, feisty, tenacious and courageous as always. Our pungent hero must face ghastly ghouls, headless ghosts and a dark danger lurking in the cellar in order to retrieve the princess's teddy bear. But will our clever hero be able to thwart his foes in this ghostly adventure or will he succumb to the hideous Cellar Dweller? A swashbuckling, funny and charming adventure from best-selling picture book author/illustrator Kristina Stephenson - an ideal read aloud lift-the-flap story to share with little adventurers aged 3+ Fans of Jonny Duddle's Jolley-Rogers and Claire Freedman's Dinosaurs Love Underpants series will love Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. Do you own all of Sir Charlie's adventures? Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Big Adventure Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Frightful Night Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Dreadful Spell Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of the Terrible Secret Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of Two Treasures Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Tale of the Wizard's Whisper Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Pirate's Curse Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy's Gold Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer. She had a successful career in theatre and children's TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. Inspired to write by her own son Charlie (who doesn't have stinky socks), she created the wonderful adventures of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.

Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer

Molly Maybe's Monsters: The Dappity Doofer

Author: Kristina Stephenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2015

Molly Maybe has a marvellous secret - she and her faithful sidekick, Waggy Burns, are the only ones who can travel to an amazing monster world which mirrors our own. Take a ride in the incredible mundervator with Molly and help her solve a crisis in Undermunder.

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